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To fall in love with what she fear'd to look on
It is a judgment maim'd, and most imperfect,
That will confess, - affection fo e would err
Against all rules of nature; and must be driven
To find out practices of cunning hell,
Why this should be. I therefore vouch again,
That with some mixtures, powerful o'er the blood,
Or with some dram, conjur'd to this effect,
He wrought upon her.

f Duke. To vouch this is no proof, Without more 8 certain and more overt test, i Than these thin habits and poor likelyhoods Of modern Seeming do prefer against him.

i Sen. * But, Othello, speak;
Did you by indirect and forced courses
Subdue and poison this young maid's affe&tions ?
Or came it by request, and such fair question
As soul to soul affordeth?

Oth. I'do beseech you,
Send for the lady to the “ Sagittary,
And let her speak of me before her father;
If you do find me foul in her report,

d The it f. makes this speech of the over for overt, duke a continuation of Brabantio's. i The qu's read,

« This is T.'s emendation, followed These are tbin babits, and poore likely by H; the reft read perfe&tion for effec boods, tion.

of moderne seemingo ( 2d q. seeming) you i So the qu's; the rest could for preferre against bim. would.

k H. omits Bul. & The fo's and R. wider for cer. So all before P. who omits do; fol. tain. .

lowed by the reft, except C. » The 2d q, the fo's and R. read, 10 First q, and C. Sagittar,


* The trust, the office, I do hold of you,
Not only take away, but let your sentence
Even fall upon my life. .

Duke. Fetch Desdemona hither, [Exeunt two or threo,
Oth. Ancient, conduct them, you best know the place.

[Exit Iago.
And ° till she come, as P truly as to heaven
9 I do confess the vices of my blood,
So justly to your grave ears I'll present,
How I did thrive in this fair lady's love,
And she in mine.

Duke. Say it, Othello.

Oth. Her father lov'd me, oft invited me,
Ştill question'd me the ' story of my life,
From year to year the battles, fieges, ' fortunes,
That I have past.
I ran it through, even u from my boyish days,
To th' very moment that he bad me tell it :
Wherein I w ipoke of most disastrous chances,
Of moving * accidents by flood and field;
Of Y hair-breadth scapes i' th' imminent deadly breach;
Of being taken by the insolent foe,
And sold to Slavery; 2 of my redemption thence,

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a And portance in my travel's history:

Wherein of d antres vast, and desarts e idle,
Rough quarries, rocks, f and hills, whose & heads touch.

It was my " hint to speak; ' such was k the process;
And of the Canibals that each other eat,
The “ Anthropophagi; and men whose heads
Do grow beneath their shoulders. These to hear
Would Desdemona seriously incline;
But still the house-affairs would draw her 4 thence,
" Which ever as she could with hafte dispatch,
She'd come again, and with a greedy ear
Devour up my discourse: which I observing,
Took once a pliant hour, and found good means
To draw from her a prayer of earnest heart,
That I would all my pilgrimage dilate;

· So the fo's, R. T. ), and C; the h Firft q, and W. bent for bint. 2d q. pertence; the rest, And with it all i P. and H. omit what is in italic. my travel's, &c.

k The fo's and R. read my for ibe. 6 Rymer has changed portance to por.

1 First and 2d fo's, others. tents. P.

m The qu's, Antbropopbagie; ift f. c The fo's, traveller's.

Aubropopbague. 7. proposes to read,

n Of these men there is an account And portance in'l; (i. e. in Navery) my in the interpolated travels of Mandevila, travel's biftory, &c.

a book of that time. d First q. antrees, so P; the ad qu's, • So the qu's, T. W. 7. and C; the fo's, and R. antars.

fo's, Grew for Do grow; R. Did grow. e The three laft fo's, P. and H. read p So the 2d q. and R; the itt go wild for idle. P. gives us wild, as an This to bear, &c. The fo's and C. These emendation of his own; which the fuco sbings to bear, &c. P. and the rest, All ceeding editors have regarded as such. Ebefe eo bear, &c. i The ift f. omits and.

q The fu's and R. bence. $ The itt f. and R. bend.

: First q. And for wbicb.


Whereof by parcels she had something heard,
But not intentively. I did confent,
And often did beguile her of her tears,
When I did speak of some " diftressful stroke
That my youth fuffer'd. My story being done,
She gave me for my pains a world of " fighs :
She swore, * in faith 'twas strange, 'twas paffing ftrange,
'Twas pitiful, 'twas wondrous pitiful-
She wish'd she had not heard it ;-- yet she wifh'd
That heaven had made her such a man: - She-thank'd me,
And bad me, if I had a friend that lov'd her,
I should but teach him how to tell my story,
And that would woo her. Upon this a hint I fpake,
She lov'd me for the dangers I had pasty
And I lov'd her, that she did pity them ::
This only is the witchcraft I have us'd.
Here comes the lady, let her witness it.


Enter Desdemona, lago, and Attendants.
Duke. I think this tale would win my daughter toð.
Good Brabantio,
Take up this mangled matter at thc best.

The Ift q. parcell. + So the qu's and ; the it f. inBinctively; the reft, diftin&tively.

u The ift q. diftrefjed.

W The fo's and R. read kiles for figbs.

* The qu's, I faith.

y So all before P. who reads Ox for Upon ; followed by the reft, except C.

z The qu's, beate for bint,

a The three last fo's and R, bave for bado


Men do their broken weapons rather use,
Than their bare hands.

Bra. I pray you, hear her speak;
If the confess that she was half the wooer,

Destruction on my head, if my bad blame
Light on the man! Come hither, gentle mistress,
Do you perceive in all this noble company,
Where most you owe obedience ?

Def. - My noble father,
I do perceive here a divided duty;
To you I'am bound for life and education,
My life and education both do learn me
How to respect you. • You are the lord of duty';
I am hitherto your daughter. But here's my husband;
And so much duty as my mother shew'd
To you, preferring you before her father ;
* So much I challenge, that I may profess
Due to the Moor my Lord.

Bra, 8 God b'w'ye, I ha' done.
Please it your Grace, on to the state-affairs;
I had rather to adopt a child, than get it.
Come hither, Moor:
I here do give thee that with all my heart,

Which, but thou haft already, with all my heart
I would keep from thee. For your fake, jewel,

• The quis, Destruction ligbe on me, duty. if, &c.

f The 2d q. So much muß I, &c. c So all before P. who reads you most & The qu's read, God bu'y, I ba done; for moft you ; followed by T. H. and 7. all the rest, God be with you: I bave W. reads you must, &c.

done. d P. and H. omit My.

h This line is omitted in the It q, • The Ift q. You are lord of all my i C. reads, And for your, &c.

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